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2/22/2013

EAC’s International Club hosts members of the Mexican and American Consulate for Conflict Resolution Seminar

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s International Club and the Southern Arizona Council for International Visitors will co-host a conflict resolution seminar featuring Consul Chad Cummins, from the U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Mexico, and Mexican Consul Oscar Antonio de la Torre Amezcua, from the Consulate in Douglas, Arizona, on Saturday, March 2, from 2-4 p.m., in the EAC Activities Center – Lee Little Theater. The speakers will talk to the students and community members about Mexico and United States border issues. The public is welcome to come to the free event.

Eastern Arizona College’s International Club and the Southern Arizona Council for International Visitors have received $2,000 in funding support from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) to sponsor this event.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the students and community to learn of the peace building work done by both Consuls toward building bridges of peace between the two countries,” said Tonka Curtis, EAC languages instructor and advisor for the club. “We are honored to have these two distinguished Consuls with Eastern Arizona College and bring a deeper understanding of the Mexico/United States relationship to the community.”

Both Consuls will present their thoughts and views and then answer questions from the audience.

“USIP is pleased to support organizations like Eastern Arizona College and the Southern Arizona Council for International Visitors and their contribution to the national conversation around international conflict – and methods for resolving those conflicts nonviolently,” commented USIP President Jim Marshall.

The United States Institute of Peace is the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in Baghdad, Iraq, and Kabul, Afghanistan.

As part of its congressional mandate, USIP devotes a portion of its budget to support organizations that will advance the field of conflict management by developing new techniques, establishing best practices, and professionalizing the field through education and training. The Public Education for Peacebuilding Support is a program of USIP administered by the Institute of International Education.

For more information about the March 2 event, contact Curtis at 928-428-8901 or by email at tonka.curtis@eac.edu; or Pat Watson, Executive Director of

Southern Arizona Council for International Visitors at 520-668-6073 or by email at patwatson@patwatson.com.

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